“It’s so important to have an event like the First Women Awards because
we have not yet quite broken through the glass ceiling. There are still a lot
of girls who say ‘I will a do that because I’m a girl’, and we need to
break those attitudes.”
Baroness Tanni Grey Thompson
“An award like this tells me that I’m doing something right. As a female
engineer, I’m one of five women in my larger team so it’s really something
to have this acknowledgment. It means a lot.”
Vidhyalakshmi Karthikeyan, Senior Researcher, BT
Celebrating the UK's trailblazing women - and inspiring the next generationThe First Women Programme was created by Real Business in 2005 and brings together outstanding women from all sectors.
The programme has created an enthusiastic and dedicated network of pioneering women, who engage directly through a series of high profile First Women events, including the Awards, Winners Lunch and Summit.
Real Business is the UK's is the most-read SME website dedicated to high-growth businesses and entrepreneurs with 124,623 monthly unique visitors (ABC audit March 2015).
Founded by Real Business and the CBI. Since 2005, the awards have grown in influence and impact and enjoy the support of many of the UK’s leading firms, industry bodies and inspirational business leaders.Find out more
At the First Women Working Lunch our inspirational winners and judges gathered to set the agenda for the 2016 First Women Summit.
This full day summit leveraged ten years of the First Women movement, drawing on the phenomenal network of pioneering women the Awards has created to educate, mentor and inspire.Find out more
First Women Exclusives
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The former First Lady was officially named as the Democratic nominee at the party’s national convention in Philadelphia on 27 July, BST.Read more
Engineering is a sexy industry, and more women need to know
With the ratio of male to female engineers largely remaining the same for the last century, Denise Smiles considers how we can can redress the balance.Read more
Women in leadership roles are still an exception to the rule, says Nicola Sturgeon
Sturgeon has called for more effort to support and inspire young women to aim for the top in business, sport and careersRead more
Women’s Equality Party sets targets for Theresa May’s first 100 days in office
The Women’s Equality party has called on Theresa May to use her first 100 days as prime minister to advance gender equalityRead more
I still pretend I’m stupid despite decades of success, says Martina Mercer
Martina Mercer explains why she downplays her decades of success in conversations with some of her peers.Read more
The Future of Gender Equality report estimates that pay gap could close by 2045
Yell report details what the next 100 years could look like for gender equality, family life, technology and businesses.Read more